By Jan Murray on Tuesday 4th Jul 2017
An effective mentoring program could prove to be an important benefit to both existing and prospective members. Mentoring provides the critical edge that marks the difference between career success and failure, as these studies demonstrate:
In fact, over the last 12 months PLD has seen a significant increase in the number of leading professional associations who have successfully launched a PLD mentoring platform to their members.
Implementing a mentoring program for members can have benefits for both the members and the organisations who run them. Lets look at the reasons why running a mentoring program is beneficial to all involved.
Furthermore, by establishing a mentoring relationship with more junior or student member they can have a chance to "try out" a potential new employee before hiring him/her and get a good feel for their work ethic, goals, and personality. Long-term they can establish an amount of loyalty that they may not find with other new employees.
Of course, just because a member may have a few years experience under their belt doesn’t mean that they won’t also benefit from mentoring. Throughout our careers we constantly come across new challenges and to have access to a fellow member who has the experience to guide and support us through these new challenges can be very helpful.
"Reverse mentoring" is now also becoming more commonplace; in this instance it is younger members who mentor more experienced members in areas such as technology use, social media etc. In this way mentoring can become two-way.
By allowing members to have the opportunity to develop their mentoring and coaching skills and to develop meaningful, long-term relationships with other members then bonds to the membership organisation are in turn strengthened. Ultimately when the renewal comes, they are more likely to continue their membership.
However, this transfer rate can significantly be improved by re-inforcing the training with mentor support. These are a few ways this can happen:
Regular meetings with a mentor can help the member to focus on achieving training goals and implementing the training.
No matter how good the training, it is unlikely that when the member comes to put it into practice they will get it right first time. Working with a mentor enables them to practice new skills and to refine these.
One of the key benefits of working with a mentor is that they can bring a wealth of experience. They can use this to not only enhance the knowledge gained in the training program but can help overcome barriers to implementing the training.
At the end of a training program, despite all delegates receiving the same training, each delegate will have their own ideas and unique way of how they will implement that training. A mentor can be a great resource in this situation to act as a sounding board for these ideas. Equally important is the fact that the mentor can help to build confidence.
Finally, by supporting other members and helping them to solve challenges, achieve goals and raise professional standards members could also attain CPD points as part of the mentoring program.
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